Ballard Elks Annual Car Show on Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day) is the annual Ballard Elks Car Show, taking over the Elks Lodge (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 8am to 3pm with a beer garden, burgers, hot dogs and plenty of vintage cars.

“This is one of the only car shows in the area that happens ON Labor Day. Bring your friends, family, and hotrods down to the Lodge for a fun day in the sun! Let’s see if we can fill the whole lot this year!” the organizers write on their Facebook event page.

To enter your car, there’s a suggested donation of $20, and all proceeds benefit Elks charities.

What’s on this weekend

It’s a long weekend, with most people off work on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. It’s a relatively quiet weekend in Ballard, but the big event this weekend is Bumbershoot, which will take over the Seattle Center Friday through Sunday from 2 to 11pm each day.

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Enjoy the long weekend!

Friday, September 1

  • Bumbershoot Music Festival, Seattle Center. 2pm-11pm Friday to Sunday. 35,000 expected attendance; plan your travels accordingly.
  • Live Music:
    • Palatine Ave, Wayside and Meadow Roads at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Engine Driver Presents: Gangstagrass w/ The Railsplitters at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $15.

Saturday, September 2

  • Bumbershoot Music Festival, Seattle Center. 2pm-11pm Friday to Sunday. 35,000 expected attendance; plan your travels accordingly.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Leah Natale and Ambience ($7 cover). 9pm – Shaskus/Lone Quintet, with Jeremy Shaskus (trumpet/flugelhorn), Will Lone (drums), Joel Bean (piano) and Geoff Harper (bass) ($10 cover/$8 students).
    • Devon Lamar Organ Trio at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $10.
    • Drew Martin w/ Vicious Petals + Charlie & The Rays at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $8.

Sunday, September 3

  • Bumbershoot Music Festival, Seattle Center. 2pm-11pm Friday to Sunday. 35,000 expected attendance; plan your travels accordingly.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Free zumba and fitness class at Ballard Commons Park, 11am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-ups at 7:30 pm.

L’il Woody’s to dish out free burgers on Labor Day

On Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4), L’il Woody’s will be giving out free burgers at all three of their locations; Ballard, Capitol Hill and White Center. The free giveaway is for a limited time; head there from 2-5 pm to get in on the deal.

14th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival coming up next weekend

On Saturday, September 9, the Sustainable Ballard Festival will be taking over the Ballard Commons Park from 11am to 4pm. Hosted by local nonprofit Sustainable Ballard, this year’s theme is “Certified Local”, and will focus on ways that community members can “demonstrate their commitment to local sustainable actions.”

“Eclectic, artsy, earthy, urban and committed to a better future… that’s Sustainable Ballard and the 14th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival. Join this group of Ballard neighbors on Sept 9th at Ballard Commons Park for creativity, passion and community-building while learning about daily practices and big steps toward more sustainable living,” the organizers write.

Amongst this year’s festival activities: apple cider pressing, electric car tours, lounging in a bus cafe, test rides of electric bikes, bubble-wand making, solar cooker demos, birdhouse-building from recycled materials, and food carts aplenty.

The festival is free and open to the public. To volunteer, email



Update and correction: comment period extended for Webster School reopening project

The comment period for the reopening of Webster School has been extended to September 21, after a well-attended public meeting hosted by Seattle Public Schools. (My Ballard had incorrectly reported that the meeting was hosted by community member Chris Jackins).

Seattle Public Schools presented the project details at Tuesday’s meeting, which, according to Thomas Redman with SPS, was attended by 50 community members. “Overall, everyone was supportive of Webster becoming a school again, but concerns over parking and traffic were brought up by many; difficult problems in our urban city. We will address all concerns during the course of the project,” Redman told My Ballard.

During the meeting, SPS, the architect, SEPA consultant, traffic engineer and contractor presented sections of the draft SEPA. SPS has chosen to extend the opportunity for comment to September 21. To comment, email